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Renting Direct From A Landlord Or A Letting Agent

Renting Directly from your Landlord

Advantages

  • The landlord will often only charge a minimal fee or even no fee at all for checking references and credit history.
  • Dealing with a landlord direct, rather than through a letting agent, cuts out the middle-man and can speed up requests for repairs.
  • Renting direct from a landlord can build a stronger relationship between the landlord and tenant, which can minimise the potential for a tenancy dispute.

Disadvantage

  • Without a letting agent there is very little legal redress should issues arise such as failure to carry out repairs.

Renting through a Letting Agent

Advantages

Disadvantages

  • The letting agent will charge fees to the tenant for administrative costs, which can be in the region of £150 per person.
  • Having an agent can slow down a landlord's response to problems as it creates another tier to deal with. A good letting agent should arrange with a landlord provision of a fund for emergency repairs in case the landlord is away or cannot be contacted.

See also: Find Letting Agents